Branch office Remscheid

Küppelstein 34
42857 Remscheid

Branch office Berlin

Greifswalder Straße 4
10405 Berlin

Marienburger Straße 3
10405 Berlin

Phone +49 (0) 30 – 48 48 60 - 0
Fax +49 (0) 30 – 48 48 60 - 70


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Welcome to the BKJ!

We are an association. It is called: The BKJ.

That is the abbreviation for the German word: “Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung.”

This means: “German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning”.

A short term for “Arts Education and Cultural Learning” is Cultural Education.

    What is cultural education?

    Children and young people deal with different parts of art and culture every day: music, films, books, computer games, comics, etc. They do this of their own free will and they enjoy doing it. It allows them to show who they are, how they are and what they like. This is cultural education. But cultural education also means trying stuff out yourself.

    For example:

    • organising a party at a youth centre
    • singing in a band
    • walking the tight rope in a children’s circus

    When trying things out, children and young people find out what they are good at. They discover what they like, what they dislike and what they want. They share this with others, for example, through film, online or on stage.

    All this is cultural education. Cultural education happens wherever children and young people explore art and culture or put their own ideas into practice.

    Cultural education helps children and young people to develop well. That’s why it’s important to give them the right space and plenty of time for it, for example, at school, at a youth centre, in a museum or at the theatre.

    Cultural education lets children and young people experience completely new things.

    Cultural education activities give children and young people the opportunity to find out what they are good at and what they enjoy. This makes children and young people strong and self-confident.

    Dancing, playing a musical instrument, drawing, building a stage set, etc. – cultural education activities let children and young people learn with their whole body by listening and watching, singing and speaking or touching and moving. They find out that they are able to do lots of different things and that they can use these things in other parts of their life.

    Cultural education also lets children and young people discover that everything they do has an effect, for example, when they write invitations for their theatre performance and people come to watch it. They can see that they can make a difference.

    Cultural education introduces children and young people to many different people. They discover that everyone wants different things and is able to do different things. They realise that it’s a good thing that people have different skills because then they can help with different things.

    Why is cultural education good for children and young people?

    Cultural education makes children and young people strong

    When children and young people make art, they themselves are at the centre of things, for example, when rehearsing a play or writing a film script together. It’s all about their own wishes, their own interests and their own ideas.

    If things don’t go according to plan, they will search for their own solutions and new ideas. This shows them what works best for them and what’s easiest. When they have to deal with new things later in life they will already know what works best for them and realise that it’s worth persevering.

    Cultural education brings many people together

    Cultural education activities bring many different children and young people together. They all have different interests and strengths. They live in different families. They speak different languages and have different opinions. And that’s why they also have different ideas for the same thing.

    For example, when writing a film script together, everyone will have different ideas about what is supposed to happen in the film. There are no right or wrong ideas. Each idea is different and each idea is important. The film will only become interesting when all the ideas come together. This way children and young people learn that differences between people are important and a good thing.

    Experiencing social relationships

    When children and young people stage a circus show, a musical or an exhibition together with others, they experience social relationships. They learn that they can achieve their common goal only if they listen to each other and look out for each other. They realise that everyone is important.

    Speaking without words

    Children and young people sometimes find it hard to talk about their thoughts and feelings, for example, when they are going through a difficult time in their lives.

    Cultural education can become very important to them at these times.  Painting, dancing or singing doesn’t require them to talk but allows them to express their feelings. This can help them to cope better with what they have experienced. This applies to many children and young people, regardless of whether they were born in Germany, moved here later or arrived as refugees.

    Taking part in cultural education

    There are many different ways of taking part in cultural education. There is something for everyone and everyone will find something that they enjoy.

    For example

    • sewing costumes for a school theatre production
    • being a movie director in a film group
    • painting using a brush and paper
    • being a sound engineer for the children’s choir
    • being a circus clown
    • editing pictures on the computer

    What does the BKJ do?

    The BKJ counts more than 56 associations from all over Germany as its members.

    The people in the associations all have the same goal: They want children and young people to be able to make culture. Children an young people should be able to join in with:

    • music and dance
    • theatres and museums
    • books, films and much more

    The member associations organise different cultural education programmes for children and young people throughout Germany.

    BKJ supports the work of its member associations.

    BKJ also makes the case for cultural education among politicians.

    BKJ does this in the German federal states and in cooperation with other countries around the world.

    The German government supports BKJ’s work. The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is responsible for this.

    Do you have any questions?

    Then call us. This is our telephone number: +49 30 48 48 600

    Or write us an e-mail. This is our e-mail address: info(at)

    You can also visit us.

    Here is our office in the city of Berlin:

    Greifswalder Straße 4, 10405 Berlin

    Here is our office in the city of Remscheid:

    Küppelstein 34, 42857 Remscheid


    Funded by

    Zur Internetseite des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend

    The German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning (BKJ) is the umbrella organisation for cultural education in Germany.